Death of young climber leads to criminal charges in Italy

Lawsuit versus criminal charges; US v. Europe

Tito Traversa died in July of this year. He was a very talented promising climber who had already lead 5.14’s. His death allegedly occurred because instead of his quick draws being correctly attached to carabiners, the webbing was attached to the rubber “bands” used to keep the slings from moving on the carabiner. Those bands have a low breaking strength, if any at all. When Tito fell he fell 40 meters (120 feet) to his death.

To read an article on how the quickdraws were incorrectly set up see The Quickdraws that Led to the Death of Tito Traversa.

Here in the US there might be a lawsuit over the issue; however, criminal charges would not be filed unless there was criminal scienter. Scienter is a criminal intent to do something or known as the “criminal mind.”

Just another example of the different ways legally the US and Europe, as well as most other countries are different.

See Manslaughter Charges Filed after Tito’s Accident

For articles about his death see: 12-Year-Old Tito Traversa Dies From Climbing Fall or Superstar Preteen Climber Dies After Fall

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